Playing it Safe
As Fall approaches, the season of many sports and activities also begin – Soccer, Ice Skating, Swimming...... Once you have chosen a program appropriate for your child find out if the staff, coaches, and volunteers are properly trained or supported by an organization. But most importantly make sure that they are required to have background checks done. Both criminal and sexual offence checks.
Although background checks cannot guarantee to prevent sexual abuse; it is a good first step. The most important tool is communication with your child and informing them of situations such as being alone with the coach and the difference of appropriate and inappropriate touching. Make sure as parents that you have done your part to create a healthy and safe environment for your child and every child in your youth sports organization. Here’s to a safe and fun season ahead!